Style 7's Theme Clock-7 is a free screensaver that displays an excellent representation of the good-old analog wall clock that has served so many classrooms, waiting rooms, and hallways for so long. It has second-hand settings, a date display, and a text feature, but few other options. Its appeal is its standardized, black-and-white, old-school look, a masterpiece of industrial design that has never been bettered. It's familiar to nearly everyone who can tell time by a clock face, and those who can't can use it to learn how. It's clearly visible across most rooms on most … Read more
Call us old-fashioned, but we don't typically get into desktop customizations. We're not opposed to tweaks that are useful--or even just plain fun--but it seems that much of the time these programs are more trouble than they're worth. So it goes with Folder Background Changer. This program promises to let users customize the background images within their folders, but it doesn't work reliably.
The program required a registration code during installation, which confused us until we realized that it was contained in a text file that came with the download. Once we had the program installed, … Read more
It looks like Angry Birds developer Rovio is thinking, "If you can't beat 'em (by firing one of those toucan-beaked boomerang birds at them in court), join 'em.
However, rather than sending an exploding black ball of feathers into Beijing, Rovio is reportedly looking to partner with the theme park to make the attraction legal--as long as everyone involved can get their beaks wet. … Read more
Windows theme packs are a fun way to customize your Windows desktop. Theme packs save your wallpaper, window color, default system sounds and screensaver in a single file. Here's how to save your customizations so you can save them for later use or to share them with others.Save customized theme
Step 1: Go to Start-->Control Panel-->Appearance and Personalization-->Personalization to view and customize your themes.
Step 2: After you've customized your theme by selecting your wallpaper, window color, default sounds and screensaver, locate your "Unsaved Theme" in the "My … Read more
Windows7Theme offers a variety of free themes and desktop backgrounds for Windows 7 in self-installing theme packs. The high-resolution images are presented in a wide-screen format (1,920x1,200 pixels) and can be scaled, shuffled, and selected via the standard Windows Personalization page. We took a look at Windows 7 Colorful Theme, which emphasizes vivid colors.
As with other theme packs we've tried, the download unpacked and installed automatically, replacing our previous wallpaper with the first image in the series, an abstract image of pastel layers that strongly suggested lemon and raspberry sherbet (a good start, by the way). … Read more
Lightning Windows 7 Theme is nothing to be scared of, unless dramatic pictures of high-energy lightning strikes accompanied by the occasional rumble of thunder rattles you. It's just a free desktop theme pack that rotates a series of intense high-resolution lightning photos with thunderclap sound effects.
This theme's installer automatically replaced our wallpaper with the Lightning Windows 7 slideshow, announcing the change with a realistic roll of thunder that won't trash your speakers. The first image depicted a dramatic city skyline lit by forks of lightning. We right-clicked the desktop, selected Personalize, and then clicked Desktop Background … Read more
Toy Story 3 Windows 7 Theme is a free theme pack with high-resolution images from the movie "Toy Story 3" as well as sounds. However, we were unable to hear the sounds on both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 installations.
Like other free themes from Windows7Theme.net, Toy Story 3 Windows 7 Theme installs automatically when you decompress its download. We minimized our browser window and were pleased to see Woody's smiling face. The 10 still images from the movie are indeed very high-quality HD images in wide-screen format (1,920x1,200-pixel resolution). We opened the Windows … Read more
Microsoft tweaked its Office Web Apps earlier this week with a few enhancements designed to make Excel and PowerPoint a bit more user friendly.
Excel aficionados can now insert, delete, and rename individual worksheets in a workbook, just like you can in the desktop version. To do this, open your Excel file in the online editor. Then simply right-click on a tab for an existing worksheet. You'll see the three familiar options to Insert, Delete, or Rename. Inserting adds a new worksheet in front of your current selection. Deleting asking for your confirmation to permanently get rid of the … Read more
Nero Kwik Media is a light and free media manager with which you can organize, edit, and share your music, photos, videos, and data. Imagine iTunes and iPhoto rolled into one, then trimmed in half. While this download is technically "free," there is one caveat: you'll have to purchase some of its functionality in the form of "apps" listed in Nero's built-in store. Sure, most of these add-ons aren't too expensive, but it's a shame that a few of them (like Nero Kwik Play, a video decoder) don't come with the … Read more
Back in the olden days we looked at the Internet using Netscape Navigator on our huge beige CRT monitors. We've come a long way from there; now it's possible to match the look of your browser to that of your laptop. Sony Vaio Theme is an extension for Google Chrome that takes your Vaio's aesthetics and brings them to your browser.
Like most Chrome extensions, Sony Vaio Theme is easy to install. It immediately transformed the color scheme of Chrome on our computer. The silver-gray default color changed to a paler, almost white color, with a grid … Read more